Rainbow Drive-In

900 Rainbow Drive,
Gadsden, AL 35901

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Rainbow Drive-In

The Rainbow Drive-In was opened on September 26, 1952 with Audie Murphy in “Duel at Silver Creek”. It held 300 cars and was owned at one time by P.T. Pitman. On January 8, 1970 the Rainbow Drive-In was going strong with "Marlow" and "A Few Bullets More", both rated ’M'. It was closed on June 30, 1977 when the screen was blown down.

An indoor cinema was built on the site, opening in 1978. It closed in 2003 and has been demolished

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CSWalczak on November 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

There are several pictures of the Rainbow on its page at Drive-ins.com, including one of the storm-destroyed screen: http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/altrain

jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

Approx. address for tis drive-in was 900 Rainbow Drive.

Mike Goodson
Mike Goodson on February 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

The owner was C.S. Pitman who owned the Pitman Theatre on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden.

dixonwh on September 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

The screen was destroyed by straight line winds on June 30, 1977, on a week when it was showing the Joan Collins b-movie “Empire of the Ants.” An employee across the street at a Jack’s Restaurant was on the phone with her mother when she saw the screen go down, and suddenly started screaming.

The next day the marquee was changed to “Gone With the Wind.”

davidcoppock on August 26, 2018 at 9:24 pm

Opening film was “The Duel at Silver Creek on 26/9/1952. 300 cars Replaced by an indoor cinema(name unknown?), opening in 1978 and closing in 2003. Site is now an Exxon service station and convenience store.

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